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Amazon Names Portland, Seattle Most Well-Read Cities In US


You could probably blame it on the notorious rainy weather: The Pacific Northwest’s largest cities contain the largest number of bookworms per capita, based on purchase information from online retailer Amazon.

Portland comes in as the second most well-read city in the country, after Seattle — where the retail company’s headquarters are located.

Amazon compared book, magazine and newspaper sales, both print and digital, nationwide. The retail company looked at cities with 500,000 or more residents between April 2014 to April 2015, and broke down purchases per capita.

Portland readers are big fans of nonfiction, science fiction and romance, but compared to the rest of the country, Rose City residents are particularly interested in cookbooks.

Las Vegas, Tucson, and Washington, D.C., round out the top five.

Not surprisingly, both cities are also some of the most highly educated in the region with 43 percent of Portlanders and 57 percent of Seatteites holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to 2013 U.S. Census data.

Seattleites purchased the most books overall from the company. However, locals preferred digital editions over the real deal.

Portlanders and DCers, on the other hand, are some of the top print book purchasers.


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